Weatherford Democrat

October 31, 2013

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop the ACA madness

Weatherford Democrat

— Dear Editor,

The implementation of the American Care Act that will effect everyone alive today and born tomorrow is right around the corner. I could continue on with how we got here, which party created it and which one didn’t, etc, etc.; those who got waivers/exemptions, etc etc.

The truth is I will be impacted by this law. My wife will be impacted, along with our family and friends. I suspect a large number of you who may read this will be impacted, along with your family and friends.

We have learned a lot these last three weeks about issues with the web site. It has cost us all who pay taxes a lot of money and it does not work. The roll out is embarrassing for all taxpayers who have shared in its cost to date. I’ve learned that the design is contrary to anything I have experienced with websites while shopping for a product.

You must enter your most personal information, all of it, before you can shop for what is available; the services that are covered and comparing costs among those plans. If you choose not to purchase anything, your personal information is in the data base regardless. We are now informed that by creating an account, you have agreed that you are giving up the privacy of your personal information. We are not told with whom the government will or could share that data. Even more disturbing are many reports that the security of this site can be easily compromised and bad people who have very bad intentions can get at your data to serve their purpose. I do not like this at all, and neither should you.

Again, this law effects all alive today and born tomorrow. The law does not care about your political ideology, party affiliation, voting record, gender, sexual preference, race etc. You are known simply by the personal data you gave “the system.” You no longer need to guess if you the person are just a number. You are just a number! Most of you who have no intention of giving your personal information to anyone will have it shared without your consent or knowledge until they make it known to you.

I’m so frustrated we can not get above the politics of this and look at where this is going for all of us. I am sensitive to the social aspect that citizens of the most prosperous country in the world with the best medicine anywhere should have affordable access to that care. That should be the goal.

I am convinced now more than ever that government managing this part of our lives will not work, and it never can. Government can have a role in a number of other things, changing current law, providing incentives to markets and many other ideas.

It is time to stop this madness and rethink what we are doing. We need the best and brightest professional voices in many areas concerning health care leading the debate on solutions. These people are closer to us and actually deal with real life health problems. Our elected officials are not equipped to do that and we are literally putting our lives in the hands of temporarily elected representatives. It’s one thing to have health insurance.

It’s more important to get the health care you need, when you need it from the doctor you choose. At that point decisions made about your care should be between you, your family if need be, and your doctor. Elected or appointed people who simply have your number should have no say what so ever.

You may be fine with that. It does not work for me.

David Walker, Aledo